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APOD: The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble (2014 Oct 01) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; Reprocessing & Copyright: Francesco Antonucci http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141001.html Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded in 2009 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.spacetelescope.org/ http://hubblesite.org/servicing_mission_4/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141001 #APOD

Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

Prehistoric cave paintings of animals and human hands in Indonesia are as ancient as similar paintings found in Western Europe, according to a new study that suggests humans may have carried this art tradition with them when they migrated out of Africa.<p>What this suggests is that this whole ability …

How A Plus-Size Girl Navigates the Pin-Thin World of Fashion

<i>Illustration by Silja Gotz</i><p>Recently Georgina Burke, a 24-year-old plus-size model who regularly wears Céline, Helmut Lang, Lanvin, and Givenchy, went …

Wake up early Wednesday morning to see a total eclipse of the moon

<b>Update</b>: The eclipse happened, and here are the best photos of it from around the world.<p>There's a good reason to wake up before sunrise on Wednesday morning. Starting at 6:25 am Eastern time, people across the United States will be able to see a total eclipse of the moon.<p>Over the course of a few …

Samsung's best-looking phone ever is coming to AT&T this Friday

The Galaxy Alpha will be priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract<p>Samsung's Galaxy Alpha, one of the company's most impressive smartphones to date, is coming to AT&T this week. It'll be available starting Friday, September 26th both online and in-store for $199.99 with a two-year contract. If …

U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award

By Sarah N. Lynch<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower …